Grenfell Tower by Frances Smith

Great one Fran!

I am not a silent poet

And when He asks for us to look after the orphans and widowed wives and to help the needy and the poor – to meet their needs with
a stepping ladder
to step into the world where His love can reign
as Ephraim; double fruitful for milk and honey for all
Yet the golam in you gives just barely enough
dwellings with no gardens, no wild Poppies
or sprinklers
Where paper coins buy herds and herds of black and pale horses galloping and yet He asks us
to treat others as we like to be treated and to
Love one another and be kind.
If they were the poor ones would they
want to live in the housing they offer to you?

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Since austerity measures were introduced by the Conservatives in 2010 we’ve lost:

3,230 Mental Health Practitioners.
343 Libraries (with a further 141 under threat).
19,000 Police Officers.
9000 Fire Fighters
40,969 Armed Forces Personnel.
64 Museums.
214 Playgrounds.
380 Care Home Firms.
2,900 Bus Routes.
During those 7 years:
The national debt has increased by £0.7 Trillion.
The number of food parcels given out by the Trussell Trust, has gone up from 41,000 to 1.2 million.
The number of rough sleepers has doubled to 4,134.
The number of people on zero hours contracts has risen from less than 200,000 to more than 900,000.
In 2015-2016 alone, Apple, Amazon, eBay, Google and Facebook avoided paying approx £1 billion in corporation tax.
George Osborne, the architect of austerity, earned £941,586 for making speeches, and a £650,000 salary as a financial adviser (in the year after he was sacked).

And here’s a selection of Conservative party slogans over the last few years, to make the above figures easier to swallow:

A brighter, more secure future.
We are with you.
I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.
Strong and stable.
We’re all in this together.
Lets stay on the road to a stronger economy.
A stronger Britain, a prosperous future.
Forward together.
Let’s get on with the job.